First Thursdays. One does not think of food, wine, live music and art when one has the two words in mind. To so many people who live in or are visiting Cape Town, the first Thursday of every month passes by like any other day of the week to them. Little do they know that the day has been marked as a day to encounter great art and entertainment around the city blocks of the beloved Mother City.
On the first Thursday of every month of the year art galleries, shops and eateries in town stay open till late; the general public is then given the chance to visit exhibition spaces for free and to immerse themselves in their love of the arts, good food made with love and wines brought in straight from the farms of Stellenbosch. I would say that First Thursdays is one of those events people should add onto their social calendars and/or attend at least once in their lifetime. You can actually put someone who has at no time in the past or present showed up at any of the previous First Thursday events in league with a Capetonian who has never hiked up to the tip of Table Mountain.irst Thursdays. One does not think of food, wine, live music and art when one has the two words in mind. To so many people who live in or are visiting Cape Town, the first Thursday of every month passes by like any other day of the week to them. Little do they know that the day has been marked as a day to encounter great art and entertainment around the city blocks of the beloved Mother City.
First Thursday brings city dwellers and people from all walks of life together in celebration of the arts. This is an event that brings out to the surface art beginners, enthusiasts and art collectors alike out of the burrow they hide in throughout the rest of the month. The founder, Gareth Pearson wanted people to be able to take a walk around the artful side of the streets at night instead of having to take a bus, a bike or having to drive around in a car. I mean life for our current generation is a rat race so what better way to spend your leisure time than with friends, a glass of wine in hand and being in the presence of amazing artworks made by South African artists all at the same time.
And unlike Rocking the Daisies, First Thursdays is more than just about the rocking music and meeting new people and/or meeting up with great mates. It is a rare occasion when Cape Town lights up and comes alive in all its vibrancy. Besides it occurs on the first Thursdays of the month, hence the name, which is just a couple of days after month end and generally most people would have received their paychecks by then. So you do not have the excuse of saying that, I quote …but Lee I am so broke this month! I suggest, you grab your bestie or you can even go alone and head right on over to the next First Thursday event! It is a bit daunting at first being alone within the crowds filled with lovers, friends and families but making a friend essentially starts with a simple hello you know. I experienced my first First Thursday event alone so if I can do it then YOU can do it.
Venue: Miscellaneous art galleries around Cape Town city centre
When: On the first Thursday of every month
Time: between 5pm and 9pm